In several countries, including Algarve, Portugal; Pau, France; Abruzzo, Italy; and Medellin, Colombia, your U.S. dollars will stretch farther than in the U.S. thanks to current exchange rates. And in Cuenca, Ecuador, and Pedasi, Panama, the U.S. dollar is their currency, so there’s no exchange-rate risk. Here are your 10 best options in 2015:
1. Algarve, Portugal. Portugal's Algarve is home to more than 100,000 resident foreign retirees. This old world region on the Atlantic Ocean is the best place in the world to retire that nobody's talking about. Portugal's southernmost province offers the best of Europe, including medieval towns, fishing villages, open-air markets and local wine, plus some of Europe's best sandy beaches.
This is a land of cobblestoned streets and whitewashed houses with lace-patterned chimneys, surrounded everywhere by fig, olive, almond and carob trees. Thinking more practically, the Algarve also offers great weather, with 3,300 hours of sunshine per year, meaning more sunny days than almost anywhere else in Europe.The Algarve has a longstanding reputation as a